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I kissed Comet for the last time tonight.
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24 January 2011 - 1:49 pm
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Dear Ge'Lena,

You and Comet shared such a very special connection- protecting and loving each other.

All I can hope for you today is that you feel one speck of the amount of warmth, caring, humor and love that you have shown to all of us here, and to of course to your sweet crazy girl.

Sending peaceful loving thoughts to you.


Mom to Spirit JD and the quadpaws Serena & Maya


One Tough Girl


-Diagnosed with osteosarcoma of her left front leg –

-Amputation July 23 2010 –

-The cancer didn't get her, but she is gone-

-She fought the cancer and loved life till bloat brought her down August 29th, 2010-

Now she watches over her mom and two new sisters, the Quad-Paws Serena and Maya

Linden, MI
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24 January 2011 - 2:07 pm
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Like the others here I am speechless, shocked and saddened to see this news. This is the last thing I expected to see logging on to Tripawds today. I wish I could get out the right words to comfort you now, but my head is reeling with questions like "why Comet? She didn't have cancer like so many of the rest of us." That's what makes it hit so hard, the unexpectedness.

Ge'Lena I am so very sorry.

Sue and Queen Nova

Dane Mom Sue at and Mom to Beautiful Great Dane Queen Nova, a Blind Tripawd, who kicked cancer's butt from 11/08-03/13. The Queen is Spirit Nova now, but her legacy lives on here at Tripawds!

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24 January 2011 - 2:14 pm
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OMG, I am so sorry to read this. I am new here and just getting to know everyone... I am so sorry.. I don't have the words 🙁

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24 January 2011 - 2:59 pm
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There are no words...just very deep heart felt sympathy from all of us here....consider yourself hugged!


Mia, Miss Gully and Josie THE Greatest Dane

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24 January 2011 - 3:02 pm
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As tears are running down my face - I am sooooo sorry to hear about Comet - my thoughts and prayers are with you.....

KaCee (& Riley too)

Leicester, NY
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We were shocked and saddened to hear of your sudden loss. We always looked forward to Comets upbeat "posts". I am sure she was one of those once in a lifetime soulmates that you will always hold dear to your heart. Peace to you.

Julie, Bob, Daisy and Sam


"I see myself as a huge fiery comet, a shooting star, everyone stops, points up and gasps "Oh look at that!" Then- whoosh and I'm gone....and they'll never see anything like it ever again...and they won't be able to forget me- ever"  Jim Morrison


Daisy earned her wings on Oct 22, 2011 at 14 years old

She is now the official greeter at the rainbow bridge

Everyone is guaranteed a welcome sniff and Dalmatian smile

western Washington
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24 January 2011 - 3:14 pm
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I am so sorry. I'm just shocked   speechless  at a loss. I'm just so sorry.

Your beautiful, loving, girl, your Comet. She was just a wonderful girl. She loves you more than anything.

It's never easy, (a major understatement) but, when it's sudden, I know, it's horrible. My first cattledog (before Kona Kai) died suddenly.  It was so hard on us. The shock   the loss. I'm so sorry. Tears are flowing as I try to see what I'm writing. Your girl helped me so much through Kona's journey, her smiling face, the stories of her whimsical self, I love her, your cutie, your beloved Comet.

Please know that your Tripawd family is here for you. Sending you lots of love.

Big hugs, I'm so sorry.


Kona turned 9yrs on April 16, 2010.
Kona was diagnosed Memorial Weekend 2010 with osteosarcoma.
Right rear leg amputated on June 4th. First chemo June 18th 2010
Second chemo July 9th, 2010      Third and final (yea !!!) chemo July 30th, 2010
ONE TOUGH GIRL this Australian Cattledog !

***Kona's journey/fight ended late in the evening of December 22, 2010***

                               We Love you so much Kona….always   

  Bella 9yrs, albino lab/aussie shep/pit?(abandoned in mts as a puppy) deaf & blind (from birth) in one eye limited vision in other.(laid back, ok lazy 73 lbs)

Cotton, 5yrs, albino hound/terrier of somesort/???(abandoned in mts as a puppy) deaf & blind in one eye(from birth), excellent vision in seeing eye. (ball addict…destroyer of Kong balls…yes,etc), high energy 55lbs knots of muscle)

Kona Kai's pup brother and sister as well as her buddy and playmate cat, Shaymous 12yrs (like Seamus), miss her terribly.

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24 January 2011 - 3:24 pm
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There are no words. Only tears.

Comet has been my inspiration from the day we brought Dante home at 12 weeks. Reading about Comet's wonderful life and spirit has always put my worries about Dante's life at ease. If Comet can do it, so can he.

I can't even begin to express my sorrow and how my heart aches for you and your loss. Comet's presence will be so incredibly missed. 

Thank you Ge' lena and Comet, for sharing Comet's life and stories with us - it truly has brought more comfort to us than you know.

Run free sweet girl.  

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24 January 2011 - 3:48 pm
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Oh, this must have been the reason I thought to log on today -- I am so so sad and surprised.  You and Comet have been so good to us throughout this process.  My thoughts are with you.

Kathleen (and Ajax)

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24 January 2011 - 4:13 pm
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I was just going to let my email to you stand, but now I have to chime in with the rest of the tripawd family....several members said it ... the reason why it has hit us so hard....why Comet...she didn't have cancer, she was going to go on forever.....we didn't have to worry about her vet appointments (well she was getting a little older) or her lung mets or her symptoms....she was going to be there forever and now she isn't and we are in disbelief.


You have been so   wonderful and uplifting for all of us as we went through our tragedies past, present and I'm sure upcoming....feel now our love for you and feel our prayers and wishes for peace surrounding you.  I am devastated for your loss.


Diane and furkidz

Pullman, Washington
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24 January 2011 - 4:20 pm
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Ge'Lena, I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. You and Comet were among the first of the wonderful Tripawd community members that comforted me when my boy Max gained his wings, and I have been in love with Comet ever since. What a character! What a crazy and happy girl she is! I have no doubt that she's making the whole gang of our spirit furkids wag with joy right now. Much love to your family and to your fabulous girl Comet for all the support and joy you've given us here.

Proud mother of Max, an 11-year-old Border Collie mix who was sure he was a Real Boy.

Diagnosis of osteosarcoma of the left rear leg and lymphoma in February 2010.

That annoying leg was removed April 7, 2010 and was never missed. 

Max left for the Rainbow Bridge on July 29, 2010 and is now running free. We love you!


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24 January 2011 - 4:33 pm
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I am so sorry for your unexpected loss of dear Comet. It sounds like her spleen or other tumor ruptured which is similar to what happened with Kona.  They look just fine one moment and then they can't get up. The good news is that most dogs are not in pain; they just get progressively weaker from the blood loss.

Comet was such an inspiration to so many on this website and she had such a unique and sassy personality (I love dogs like that!). She was so lucky to live with you for so many years (and her Monkeybutt friend).

Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you.


Wesley Chapel, FL
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24 January 2011 - 4:40 pm
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I am so shocked and sad to read your post about sweet Comet!cry I didn't even know there was anything wrong with her… or how old she was. I just expected her to be here forever! I'm so sorry for your loss… I know you must be devastated right now… I don't know what else to say except that you're in our thoughts and prayers… Now Comet can hook up with all the Tripawd angels and run and play with them… untill we are all reunited!

Rest in peace sweet angel Comet…

Angel Jake and Wolfie's Mom

Jake, 10yr old golden retriever (fractured his front right leg on 9/1, bone biopsy revealed osteosarcoma on 9/10, amputation on 9/17) and his family Marguerite, Jacques and Wolfie, 5yr old german shepherd and the newest addition to the family, Nala, a 7mth old Bengal mix kittie. Jake lost his battle on 11/9/2009, almost 8 weeks after his surgery. We will never forget our sweet golden angel… ….. CANCER SUCKS!

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24 January 2011 - 5:03 pm
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Ge'Lena - Comet and you have been the rock for so many of us from the moment we found Tripwads to the end of the journey, for some of us. You made us laugh, made us cry, thumb our noses at cancer and all it's nastiness - but most of all - you let us love you. How could anyone NOT love that beautiful-in-pink, mischief-making, adorable Comet. 

I join the others in being shocked and numb with disbelief - knowing that our pain is a fraction of yours. You have looked after us in our journeys - Comet - we love you - we will miss you more than words can express. Ge'Lena - God Bless. 

Tana and Angel Sophie

Sophie (1998 – 2010)

"Going Dog" def: living every day in the moment

"It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are."


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24 January 2011 - 5:14 pm
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I am so incredibly sorry to hear about Comet.  I was in total shock when Brett shared this with me this morning.  I knew I had to get through another day of work before I could post because it would not be possible to hold back my tears.  Now, I can't seem to find the words......nor can I make sense of how things happen the way they do.

You and Comet had a very special kind of love for each other and we are grateful you shared her with us.  How lucky we have all been.  Please know she will be missed by this family and I just know that Fortis is greeting her with lots of big sloppy kisses.

Right now I am missing them both so so much.  Again, I can not tell you how sorry I am.  As you have been there for us, we are here for you.

Love and prayers,


Angel Fortis' Mom 

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